Archive for May, 2006

Making new friends (April wrap-up)

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

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Wow!

We asked you to come out with us and speak up for Houston’s rail future, and you responded! From our thunderous half of a packed lecture hall at Rep. Culberson’s April 12th “town hall,” to the hundreds of us who attended the series of City Council forums, a LOT of people have showed public support for putting rail on Richmond Avenue!

We want to offer sincere thanks to Houston City Council Members Anne Clutterbuck, Ada Edwards, and Pam Holm. Over the course of four weeks in April, they hosted nine meetings (Anne hosted six!) that allowed more than 1,300 Houstonians to come out and ask questions about METRO’s rail project. We were also impressed that METRO CEO Frank Wilson personally came out to answer our questions at almost all of these meetings.

If you missed any of the forums and you’re wondering what we learned, you’re in luck. A court reporter captured every comment at these meetings — from the informative to the profound to the inflammatory to the inane — for posterity. METRO has posted the transcripts here for public use.

While public meetings can be a real drag, the highlight of these was making new friends. From one end of the University corridor to the other, we met homeowners, condo-dwellers, office workers, restaurant owners, shopkeepers, clergy, teachers, students, and others who are excited about getting rail access along Richmond Avenue.

Each of them has a personal reason why they’re ready for rail down Richmond. We’ll share some of their stories here, soon. And we can share yours, too. If you want to tell us why you support rail for Richmond Avenue, send your story to support@richmondrail.org.